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a deadly psychiatric hospital outside moscow kills thirty eight leaving only three survivors we report from the scene. the u.s. says it suspects with quote various degrees of confidence the syrian government has used chemical weapons. limited growing ever. to join rebel groups in syria. a serious threat on their return.
with me thank you for joining us today a massive fire through a psychiatric hospital in the moscow reachin killing all but three people inside thirty eight bodies have been found off the rescue operations wrapped up at the blazing gulf the entire building and reportedly erupted in a wing providing special treatment to patients. reports from the. investigators are combing through the remains of that psychiatric hospital here in the village of lemmon ski about sixty kilometers away from moscow and they're trying to find what on earth actually had put it in the early hours morning when fire broke out in the building and swept through it killing thirty eight people the fire started around two am say locals in the village and it spread quickly lots of
people not being able to make it out in time but when the emergency services arrived after an hour it was already too late to save those a side three did escape a nurse who stumbled through the smoke and grab someone on her way out one of the patients and another patient who did manage to escape without her help there are contradictory accounts as to what exactly happened in those frantic minutes as the fire swept through the building we've heard various. and various statements of what people consider to be facts but which contradict each other earlier on it was posited that perhaps bars on the windows stopped people from escaping earlier on the police spokesman said that he only saw bars on one or two windows journalists are not currently allowed close enough to try and verify how many of those windows are easily accessible or not the locals say that it wasn't the kind of hospital that put people under medication and that nobody was
under medication but spokesman again say that as far as they're concerned they think that probably people were. in there which obviously would have made it much harder for them to escape but we also spoke earlier to a fire safety expert who talked about some of the other complications there me of being their lives or their lives. when all preventative measures are taken and constant training and evacuation drills are held the amount of victims and material damage goes down dramatically. in this situation limited opportunities for evacuation accounted for the poor response during the fire it's possible that personnel were unable to deal with so many people in a state of panic but the best to gates is that ideas have changed as they've gone through the wreckage they currently think the most likely explanation at the moment is that one of the patients there said by a local to be a recovering drug addict would like to smoke a lot in this hospital left
a cigarette burning on the sofa investigators say they're pretty sure that's where the fire started that has now been upgraded to that theory above a previous theory that it was probably an electrical fault or a short circuit that started the fire although investigators are not ruling that else ability out. his top bottom right there are there have been similar deadly fires at russian medical facilities in recent years lindsay france looks back at those tragedies. there is a troubling legacy of this sort of thing taking place in this country and most recently in two thousand and nine in russia's republic of komi in an elderly care facility it was twenty three people that lost their lives in this blaze was very difficult to get out for many of these people being pensioners and relying on first responders to get out of the building and two thousand and seven in the city of tula at another elderly care home on november fourth thirty two people died now two hundred forty seven were able to escape with their lives in that blaze and then
just a year earlier about in december two thousand and six there was a very tragic weekend here in russia actually in siberia on december ninth there was a fire at a mental hospital and nine people died in that blaze two hundred fifteen escaped now just twenty four hours prior to this fire there was a loss of life to the tune of about forty five people who died in a drug treatment facility in moscow and they were gross safety violations in that case many of them dying from smoke inhalation many of the windows were barred and the exits were blocked or locked so unfortunately in some of these cases there are gross safety violations but when you're dealing with the medical facilities some of these patients are sedated at night so in order to get them out there need to be huge amounts of first responders to get them out of the building so of course as this investigation proceeds in this this latest fire we're talking about today will we'll see if the medication had anything to do with it or if they were gross safety
violations. that we've got accounts from doctors lower and foreign offices on the eye witnesses along with the latest pictures from the scene of the blaze on our web site it's all just a click away at city dot com right now. washington and london are claiming there's scarce but growing evidence the syrian government's used chemical weapons the u.s. has warned it could spark intervention with some lawmakers saying the red line is being crossed by the assad regime and this comes as damascus blames syrian rebels for a chemical attack near aleppo this march and remains resolute that its army has never used such weapons details now it wants is more important. the u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel said at the white house and has informed members of congress that intelligence officials believe with some degree of varying confidence that syrian president bashar al assad's government has used chemical weapons against members of the opposition specifically sarin gas didn't provide any
specific facts on when or where the alleged weapons were used and it was not even clear what the freeze with some degree of varying confidence even means does that mean that one intelligence official is confident that this is taking place and one is not confident clearly that that language is either convoluted or a bit confusing now secretary hagel said that assad's use of chemical weapons violates every convention of warfare but what's interesting is that on tuesday israel's intelligence officials claim that syria that the syrian government had used lethal lethal chemical weapons against rebels and at that time secretary hagel expressed his doubts about those findings now the u.s. is currently pressing for the united nations to conduct a comprehensive investigation into allegations of damascus use of chemical weapons but the united nations secretary general has previously appointed a team of experts but the syrian government has been accused of blocking the team
from doing its work now u.s. president barack obama has previously said that the use of chemical weapons by the syrian government would be a game changer in the u.s. position on intervening in the two year old civil war in a letter sent to two u.s. senators a white house legal official did write that the assessment of likely chemical weapons use in syria will not automatically trigger action including military intervention but the official also referred to a bad intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in iraq that led to the invasion the us invasion of that country in that case the intelligence was proved wrong everybody can remember just a decade ago when colin powell sat in the chambers of the united nations security council shaking a vial to try to try to convince the intern. community to go along with america's invasion into iraq and clearly his claims of iraq having weapons of mass destruction were proven wrong but nonetheless u.s. senators like john mccain are already calling for action mccain has said that if
the u.s. now declines to intervene in syria it would send the wrong message to other adversaries in the region quoting to some experts what is proving positive factual here is that the current accusations against the syrian government is eerily similar to the accusations that were made against iraq government perceiving america's two thousand and three invasion so many experts believe here that all this talk can be leaving the u.s. and its western allies to take military action against syria possibly without all the correct facts in place. with the conflict brewing in war torn syria reports show europeans are heading there and that hundreds willing to join the islamist rebel fighters we have a report on that in just a moment. looking for the way jailed member of the pussy riot punk band is hoping to see her two year sentence cut short this parole hearing and central russia we have the latest from the court in just a few but. we'll
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the international airport in the very heart of moscow. live from moscow this is our two jamboree sushi hundreds of young europeans are heading to syria to join radical militants that are fueling fears of how the e.u. should deal with their return and the blocs antiterrorist chief said this worrying trend is posing a serious threat to security in europe belgium has launched a crackdown on islamist networks arresting several individuals suspected of recruiting fighters testor australia has more. serious two year old conflict is over the scene is still over some neighboring countries but now it is
extended far beyond that it's estimated that hundreds of europeans from fourteen countries mostly young men have joined the rebels in syria in fighting against bashar al assad london based international center for the study verticalization put the tall figure at six hundred. well here and now tour builds up the media coverage on radicalization young people as recently focused on one specific story that of the father in search of the son dimitri bonded son had enjoyed a radical islamism group and had gone to syria to join the fight father had bought all the wheat they are hoping to bring his son that he built planes are flying overhead all the time when we are on the streets or inside a building we had a bomb was dropped on us i haven't had a contact with a year and we shoot him he's here in aleppo we spoke with dimitris lawyer who's in constant contact with him and he says the father is hell bent on finding his
eighteen year old son that you don't expect that you will send me to syria and in that state it's clean so that's what we'll also why didn't he was most eager to go yourself he said i want to do something for my son. a son who started changing about three years ago the problem with you was that certain moment he was influenced by some radical list made contact with some people on the streets and there was also a story about. told love. girlfriend didn't work out and there was some frances say ok come with us and very slowly started it he was really influenced really braid was that are the words of my client to grow beards. started wearing other clothes. pretty for every five times a day things like that so it was
a little bit awkward for some of fifteen sixteen years also he was really under influence of radical people this ruby had to interact with a shari'a for belgium a radical islam is group whose leader would belka some have been arrested or hate speech calls justifying the use of violence over the judgement day if you're if you're a muslim you will go to paradise if you're this believer you will go to hell terrorism expert glowed many cases the rise of radicalized this is alarming many of whom are easy prey the first question is why they convert. and usually they don't convert because. they can vent was the problem at one moment in their life most of them have no political ideas to go to fight because the fact. and their goal is to fight if they don't need to convince the. insect
trapped in the net of people who they have just talked and for the convincing them that to be the good news team they want to go to so you have to cya no two can beat another terrorist attack. authorities are paying even closer attention with alert levels heightened while worried family members of some of the youth fighting in syria have been calling for a clampdown on radical groups the best they could do short of going to syria themselves although that may not be completely out of the question does or sylvia r.t. antwerp in belgium and while the u.k. has been promising more support to the syrian rebels british volunteers joining the battle of put intelligence services on alert the u.k.'s foreign secretary william hague warned those radicalized while fighting alongside islamist militants could launch terror attacks on their return home among all the euro countries the u.k. seen the largest contingent of its own citizens head to fight in syria since the
beginning of the conflict in two thousand and eleven let's discuss it now with ross friend and managing the network called against violent extremism oh good to see you today could can you explain to us why why are so many young europeans and brits in particular choosing to risk their lives to go to the front line and fight with the rebels in syria. yes of course the i mean it's a complicated process and it's important to remember when we talk about people going to the front line the majority of groups fighting in syria are not actually jihadist and even those jihadist groups are not all associated affiliated with without so this isn't necessarily. as black and white as it as it first appears and i'm sort of jumping are you saying you say you say it's not as white as it appears but the u.k. foreign secretary william hague has already admitted that those combatants are posing a terror threat what's being done to tackle it the main fear being that if the if
people do go to syria they get alternately fundamental ised come back to the u.k. and then pose a threat. no absolutely there is a threat which emanates from those individuals who have been radicalized overseas and come back because they will be far more effective terrorist operators than individuals just radicalizing in their front room because they want to receive training but it is important to also put this in context europeans make up about ten percent of overall foreign fighters in syria and all of those there are actually under represented in these jihadist groups in terms of what the what the europeans can do to counter this threat and it's very important for them to monitor not just people leaving but almost more so individuals coming back because we've seen this happen before and in afghanistan in the eighty's bosnia in the ninety's and iraq in the two thousand that those individuals have gone overseas receive
combat training and come back. to go and do the sent and also can provide training and leadership to organizations which wish to cause harm to europe so there is definitely a threat there but it is important that we we remember not all these individuals are jihadists you are you are managing and we have to work if i understand this correctly you are managing a network of former extremists what is the way to deal radicalize young people and prevent them from possibly carrying out attacks. yeah work at the institute for strategic dialogue and as you say i manage a global network of former extremists and in terms of do you out of position it is something which is deeply personal to each individual and in terms of the patterns we see often it can be the small things we place question marks in the heads of those individuals so whether it is counter-narrative messaging undermining the interpretation of i mean for jihadist interpretation of the qur'an that they've had
or even family members approaching them and realizing the impact that this kind of thing is happening and that's something i think we need to be doing much more of there is this pretty elements involved in people becoming extremists there's a grievance element there's an ideology element and then there is the capacity to actually carry out attacks and we've seen great work done in terms of capacity the security services take care of that and in terms of grievance we have seen some work in europe to bring these communities closer to this so i understand to be what you are what you're doing actually is a very charitable move you're helping to try and i suppose bring people back into the straight and narrow understanding the whole time the psychological impact the emotional impact as well of those who have become radicalized as you mentioned a few moments ago if i can for a moment and i'm running very low on tom i'm sorry but three british islamic extremist muslim convert among them was sentenced to jail terms on thursday
admitting they were preparing a terror act they had links to pakistan afghanistan but not syria where does europe's terror threat surely come from. all of this is an important point actually because we've seen europe poll today released figures on the terror attacks which have happened across europe in the last year in the last year two hundred nineteen terrorist attacks have taken place in europe only six of those are jihadist so it is important to remember that your face is a wide ranging threat from far left to far right to ethanol nationalists and you have us is just one element of that in terms of where the threat comes from those particular jihadists i think it does come from self radicalized individuals who then go on to interact with the global networks that give them the capacity and the ability to carry out attacks so that's where we need to be incredibly very vigilant pushing back against these narratives which are pushed by extremist groups especially online managing the network against violent extremism live from london
thank you very much for sharing your time with us here on r.t. today. thank you for having me what many believe the boston marathon bombings were the product of radicalized youth as well on our website or to dot com we have more details which would just come to light that the suspected attackers were reportedly planning to carry out another bombing but this time in new york's times square. another another just a click away from hounded file sharing giant pirate bay now seeking exile in iceland relocating its servers there from greenland of the full story on the web site. one of the jailed pussy riot band members is hoping to win release from prison today and tolokonnikova his parole hearing it's currently under way in central russia as he received a two year sentence for hooliganism last summer groups rather impromptu performance at moscow's christ the savior cathedral. watching proceedings. the biggest
question of course is whether an idea of the law according to the member of the pussy riot band will be able to walk free following this hearing her defending lois points to the fact that first of all her behavior since the conviction well she's been spending her prison time here in central russia has been relatively good there have been no complaints also she has a five year old child and also she has already received several job offers while being in detention while being in prison which from the legal point of view makes her eligible for parole especially given the fact that she's already spent half of her conviction of a prison term behind bars already one of the other members of the. band has already been released on parole some would say that the hearing of the other members parole plea will be rude later in may it is the last attempt of an idea of the newcomer to walk free before her prison term expires next year because the next
time she would be able to file an appeal a plea for parole if she gets a negative decision today will be only in six months told crazy pussy riot saga started in february twentieth when the band performed a political protest a so-called punk prayer in russia's main cathedral the crisis say because the jewel in moscow. later that year on twenty twelve they were convicted to two years in prison for them ever since this story has been making huge ways both in russia domestically and internationally with many of those saying in the streets that these women do differ in fact deserve their prison term for offending religious views of many in russia and violating the law while many others have been protecting them defending them saying that such a long prison sentence was completely unjustified the band also received support from idols like madonna rock bands like red hot chili peppers worldwide so it's been definitely causing huge media attention as well in this court building which
i'm standing right now here. almost three hundred journalists have crammed in despite that it's only able to fit about one hundred people so this all shows that this saga is definitely causing a huge interest worldwide and it's interesting to see whether this new twist will bring rather unexpected deliverance in the long run. and you can stay on top of all the latest developments from the courthouse. twitter feed he's got a constant updates from the parole hearing for the jail the pussy riot member in order. for it into the arms he walked up there we go some other global headlines for you in brief this hour here on r t hundreds of thousands of protesting factory workers have clashed with police in bangladesh the nearly three hundred of their colleagues died when a building collapsed earlier this week the police used tear gas and rubber bullets as road to a blockade of factories were attacked the authorities have come under fire for
negligence after it was revealed factories in the building continue to run despite noticeable cracks in the structure of the death toll is now close to three hundred as rescuers continue to extract people from the. bush and election convoy in the southern philippines late on thursday killing thirteen and wounding ten local mayors daughter and relatives were among the victims police say the attack was carried out by fifteen assailants possibly from a rival clan during the country's two thousand and nine elections more than fifty died in polling violence including thirty to journalists. taliban's continuing its assaults in the run up to pakistan's general election this time leaving six dead and nine engine double attacks on polling offices of five were killed and eight injured when a bomb planted on a motorcycle went off in karachi on thursday evening and earlier in the day another office was hit by a grenade attack calls for
a general strike against the wave of pre-election business tool belt in karate on friday. thousands of people in ukraine turned out for a midnight vigil marking the anniversary of the china noble nuclear disaster exactly twenty seven years ago today a nuclear reactor at the plant exploded during a systems test of releasing a radioactive cloud across much of europe a four thousand deaths have been directly or indirectly linked to the disaster but experts argue the real figure is much higher. when we come back here and. cutting through the spin of the mainstream media and breaking this.
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